Junior League of Riverside members donate hundreds of hours each year through hands-on work on our projects. In addition, JLR is proud to offer financial support through Community Outreach Funds to other nonprofit agencies in our region. Howdy Partner
JLR is proud of our work launching fitRiverside. This free, family oriented physical fitness program was designed to keep children and their parents moving, trying to stay fit. With childhood obesity, the rise in type 2 diabetes among American children, and a push for living a healthier lifestyle, Junior League of Riverside, Inc. (JLR) made this nationwide issue one to combat. After much research, it was determined those most affected by this problem are those who live with lower incomes and socioeconomic status. JLR serves the families in these communities.
In the community surrounding the César Chávez Community Center/Bobby Bonds Park, free Saturday Zumba classes were offered for children and adults for three six week sessions throughout the school year. In the community surrounding Hunt Park in the Renck Community Center, free family yoga classes were offered in the same format on Thursday evenings. Exercise classes included weekly drawings of free fitness and educational prizes for those participating. Everyone received free water and healthy snacks as they departed to help exemplify healthy dining options. Since all classes were free of charge and provided for the whole family, parents did not have to worry about child care when they were working on their fitness too.
Along with the fitness classes, JLR served hundreds of members around East Riverside with a free, healthy lunch for each member of a family following a parent's attendance to an educational lecture regarding health and/or fitness at the Riverside Health Foundation Health Fair, or "fitFair." At every fitDay or fitFair session, participants expressed their gratitude for offering classes most attendees could not afford otherwise.
Following the model JLR has long held of developing projects which we build into successes and transform into standalone organizations, we are in the process of launching fitRiverside within the local school systems as an after-school opportunity. JLR continues to support fitRiverside financially thought the transition and we look forward to seeing this as a program helping even more students through critical after-school programs.
DONE-IN-A-DAYDone-in-a-Day (DIAD) plans and implements community projects that can be completed in just one day.
DIAD partners with organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino communitieis to provide trained volunteers to assist them in the organization’s mission’s goals.
What people are saying
“fitRiverside has always given me a sense of accomplishment. As a full time working mother of young children, providing other moms with an opportunity to take their children with them while they all exercise, has been important to me. Many gyms are costly and do not provide child care. Along with that, parents would like to participate with their children rather than leaving them for another hour with someone else or in front of a television set. Healthy eating and living can be expensive and with JLR alleviating some of that burden, I am proud to be associated with such a wonderful community activity.”